Pre-construction photography – the art of preciseness and consistency to produce great results

This week I have taken some before shots of a school that is being completely refurbished. The purpose of this construction photography shoot is to record the visual appearance of the main facade before the construction works commence on site, and then capture the works during construction, and finally immediately upon completion. 

These images will tell the story of this considerable financial investment completely transforming a block in the school.

And the key to doing this is, sorry keys to doing this are

1 – Have a consistent workflow

Each set of images will be taken over a period of time, at different times of the day, and no doubt in different weather conditions. 

My strict image capture workflow means that I am able to record the images in exactly the same way each time. 

2 – Take the shots from exactly the same place. 

I do this by recording the exact position of the camera for each shot. Just like this.

so with the visual record of the exact location, also marked on a drawing, and the GPS co-ordinates I should be fine.

3 – Have a consistent image processing workflow

I have more than one workflow depending on what I’m working on, but each one is documented to ensure consistency either with the same client on different shoots or for construction photography such as this. 

Thank you for reading this post. Please get in touch with me if you want me to photograph the lifetime of your construction project – before, during and after.

And while we are on the subject why not visit my construction photography page at where you can see a selection of my construction photography work. I am very much a specialist construction photographer being professionally qualified in both construction and photography. I also possess all PPE required to access most construction sites, and hold a current CSCS card.

So please contact me with your construction photography enquiry. 


Rick McEvoy

I am Rick McEvoy, an architectural and construction photographer living and working in the South of England. I create high quality architectural photography and construction photography imagery of the built environment for architects and commercial clients. I do not photograph weddings, families, small people or pets - anything that is alive, moves or might not do as I ask!! I am also the creator of the Photography Explained Podcast, available on all major podcast providers. I have a blog on my website where I write about my work and photography stuff. Rick McEvoy ABIPP, MCIOB

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